Welcome To The
UCLU Wilderness Medicine Society

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Committee

Mark Gavartin

Mark Gavartin

President

Mark occasionally dons a rucksack and a walkie talkie to make him look more important and knowledgeable than he is. He ousted Julia in a highly publicised coup at the end of 2016, and is looking forward to ordering her around.

George Harris

Treasurer

Bio and photo forthcoming

Julia Anstey

Julia Anstey

Vice President

Julia’s political downfall came as a surprise to the UCLUWMS establishment, but she clung on to the newly created post of Vice President, where she will spend a lot of time filling out forms for the benefit of all.

Liz Chamberlain-Keen

Liz Chamberlain-Keen

Events Officer

Liz is our resident double agent for both ULU Links and the UCL Prehospital Care programme, and when she is not deep undercover, she is busy practising her one touch wonder chest compressions on real people.

Tom Durham

Events Officer

Bio and photo forthcoming

Virad Kisan

Virad Kisan

Expedition Co-ordinator

Contrary to popular belief, Virad is actually as angry as he looks in all of the photos that exist of him. Nevertheless, Virad channels this anger into harassing travel agents and planning expeditions to Nepal, much to Julia’s ire.

Samir Abdelkarim

Media and Communications Officer

Bio and photo forthcoming

Position Unfilled

Pre-clinical/Non-clinical Representative

Election to be held in October - get in touch if you’re interested!

Gabriel Lee

Gabriel Lee

Webmaster

Gabriel co-opted himself onto our committee to help retrieve our website, after it was taken over by an online escort agency based in the Middle East. He notably doesn‘t like trees, people or wilderness medicine, and doesn’t even own a sleeping bag.

What can I expect this year?

Expeditions

Last academic year we ran a successful trip to West Sussex in the Autumn, and a trip to Llanberis, where we worked with the local mountain rescue team – more are coming up this year, with destinations yet to be confirmed. Plans are being developed for our second ever international trip this coming summer, so watch this space!

Socials

Under the expert guidance of our Committee, we run a number of events aiming to help our members get to know each other, and it’s not just limited to drinks around a campfire – keep an eye out for a social paint-balling trip coming up this year…

Wilderness Medicine Skills

Learn essential outdoor and wilderness medicine skills – whether it’s from a local search and rescue organisation on a trip, from an expert in the field delivering a workshop or a lecture, or from our very own committee members. Train to be prepared for any outdoor scenario!

Patrons

Prof. Jim Ryan

Prof. Jim Ryan

Patron

We are very fortunate that Professor Jim Ryan (UCL) has agreed to be the Patron of the Society. Prof. Ryan has recently retired from the UCL Leonard Cheshire Centre for Conflict Recovery and his career has led him to encounter almost every aspect of wilderness medicine. He has vast experience of war and disaster medicine and has also been an honorary consultant in accident and emergency medicine for University College Hospitals NHS Trust for a number of years.

Prior to the establishment of the Leonard Cheshire Centre, Professor Ryan was Joint Professor of Military Surgery at the Royal Army Medical College, London and Royal College of Surgeons of England. His war and disaster medical experience covers military and humanitarian operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Nepal, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Professor Ryan’s research interests include ballistic and terrorist injury, military and conflict medicine.

Our inaugural lecture, entitled The Medical Response to Terrorism was given by Prof. Ryan to a full theatre, and we are very grateful to him for his ongoing support.

Dr Paul Dilworth

Dr Paul Dilworth

Patron

Paul Dilworth is a consultant physician in respiratory medicine at The Royal Free Hospital, and a sub-dean of University College London Medical School. Dr Paul Dilworth is instrumental in ongoing projects of the Society, and we are hugely grateful for his ongoing support and advice.

Events

9th October: GIAG event - Walking Wounded

Come and join us for a taste of what wilderness medicine is all about on this hike around Hampstead Heath. Stumble upon some “wounded” volunteers, giving the perfect opportunity to learn some basic first-aid and how to manage casualties. As with all good expeditions, we start with a briefing where we will equip you with some basic first aid knowledge that could make all the difference to a person injured in the wild. And what better way to learn than to then venture out into the wilderness of Hampstead Heath and put those skills into practice? All we ask is that you bring an oyster card (preferably topped up) with you. No previous first-aid or medical knowledge required and although the majority of the paths are paved we ask people to wear appropriate footwear (trainers). Meeting information: 1.15pm in Chadwick G07 for a bit of a mingle and an introduction to casualty care in the outdoors, then off to the Heath around 2.15pm, and done by 4.30pm! See our Facebook page for more information, and make sure you click attending!

27th October: Dr Nick Tarney on Sierra Leone and Humanitarian Medicine

Details for this event are currently tbc, but watch this space!

Sponsors

We are very grateful to the ongoing support of our sponsors, without whom our society couldn’t continue to function.

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